Thursday, November 7, 2013

Just How Bad Is Steroid Use Hurting Baseball?

By now we've all heard about the Biogenesis scandal & the suspensions handed down by the MLB to players like Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, & Nelson Cruz. MLB commissioner Bud Selig believes that it was the first step in “cleaning up” the game of baseball, but in my opinion, the suspensions handed down have done little to help the game, in regards to steroid use. Why? Well I’ll tell you why.

In 2011, Ryan Braun won the National League MVP Award over Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Braun batted .332/.397/.597 along with 33 homers & 111 RBI in 2011, while Kemp batted .324/.399/.586 along with 39 homers & 126 RBI that year - without the help of performance-enhancing drugs. To make matters worse, players get payed bonuses when they win accolades and Kemp was robbed of the 2011 NL MVP, and a few million dollars in his paycheck due to Braun's use of PEDs.

Apparently Bud Selig thinks that suspending players helps the game of baseball - which it does - but it also hurts the game just as bad. The suspension Ryan Braun isn't going to put that well deserved 2011 National League MVP in Matt Kemp's trophy case. The least the MLB can do is compensate for the players that play the game the right way & stay off of performance-enhancing drugs. Maybe vacating the awards that a PED user has won or vacate the player's team wins for the season he was juiced up. You see it done all the time in college sports, so why not in Major League Baseball? Taking away wins and punishing the team - as well as the player - would put a lot more pressure on players who are thinking about doping. The risk of a 50-100 game suspension is far less intimidating than taking away wins and accolades from a player and/or an organization.

If Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association are serious about ridding the game of baseball of steroids and PEDs, then they need to put up a much better fight than just suspending players for 50 games. They need to add more pressure to the players who dope, and make the consequences much more harsh than what they currently are.

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